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Nunavut senator says SCC ruling bodes well for devolution talks

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson says the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling against a seismic testing project proposed for the waters off Baffin Island reaffirms...

Canada now has an official day to celebrate the seal: May 20

Bills that begin in the Senate rarely pass successfully through the House of Commons so while National Seal Products Day is largely symbolic—it doesn't create...

Iqaluit mayor: Nunavut capital needs “transformational investment”

... investment,” said Redfern, speaking at the Hotel Arctic before an audience of about 50 people, which included a cross-section of businesspeople, government officials and...

Nunavut senator says he won't quit after promised eight-year limit

Dennis Patterson takes his oath of office in the Senate chamber on Sept. 15, 2009, as Senator Charlie Watt, Marjory LeBreton, then the Senate government...

Value of Nunavut residential property up 63 per cent over five years

And Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson toured a number of Inuit communities in April as part of the Senate Committee on Aboriginal People. That committee aims...

Housing issues on the front burner at Nunavut legislature

Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Eva Dyck, chair of the committee, and five other senators, including Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, toured four communities in Inuit Nunangat in...

Forging a new path for Inuit kids in care: Part II in a series

It has enriched their lives,” said Langille, who recently took a job as executive assistant to Senator Charlie Watt. “I think they are very empathetic...

Inuit regions contain the worst, most overcrowded housing, Senator says

Limited housing, overcrowding, and the poor quality of life experienced by many northerners makes the need for adequate places to live greater than in the...

What you read on Nunatsiaqonline.ca at the end of February

He made the remarks in support of a bill that independent Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette introduced this past December: An Act Respecting National Seal Products...

Nunavut senator gets personal about the joys of seal meat

For his part, Patterson heaped praise on Hervieux-Payette's bill and shared his own experiences with seal hunting and eating seal meat. That included a hunting...

Nunavut MP Tootoo makes “icebreaking” appearance at the Senate

Tootoo could not provide scheduling details of scheduling but said he would provide them later “in the spirit of openness and transparency.” Sen. Wilfred Moore,...

2015: a year of sweeping change for Nunavut

Sheila Watt-Cloutier launches her long-awaited book, The Right to Be Cold. • GN officials say they'll .... The Auditor General of Canada finds that Nunavut...

Senator says Indigenous people must be part of Quebec-Nunavut boundary talks

Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson said Dec. 10 that numerous parties, including indigenous peoples, must be part of any decision to change Quebec's offshore boundary. He...

Nunavut's Leah Idlout, caring mother, friend of many, dies Nov. 23

Not so on June 15, 2010, when Senator Charlie Watt rose in the Red Chamber to say, “I want to thank early translators in Ottawa,...

Nunavik land claim negotiators pass the torch to Inuit youth

After the film, Senator Charlie Watt, who was founding president of the Northern Quebec Inuit Association and a key land claim negotiator, presented Aragutak with...

New film premieres on 40th anniversary of Nunavik's land claim

But that changed soon after a young Charlie Watt, decades before he was appointed a Liberal Senator, came across a notice at Kuujjuaq's post office:...

Energy challenges in Canada's territories: A hot topic, a cold reality

Senators Richard Neufeld (Conservative — British Columbia) and Paul J. Massicotte (Liberal — Québec) are respectively chair and vice-chair of the Standing Senate Committee on...

Iqaluit hopes “to turn a new page” with new administrative boss

That didn't keep the councillor from extending his criticism about the city's difficulties to a higher level, though, when he noticed the federal senator for...

Inuit should be partners, not northern signposts: Senator

We've always been extending out to Canada to say we are here to work with you to shore up your Arctic sovereignty claims, give us...

Nunavut legal aid spending starts to level off

Sen. Dennis Patterson, who helped found the Baffin region's legal aid office, told March 12 that legal aid in the North has a longstanding...

Iqaluit approves second loan for aquatic centre

Elgersma co-chairs REACH with Dennis Patterson, senator for Nunavut. The fundraising campaign has raised $350,000 so far through donations, community events and sponsorships. “We would...

Inuit want a say in Canadian offshore seabed claim

... sovereignty over area covered by these rights, it must engage with Inuit for the purpose of obtaining their free, prior and informed consent,” a...

Nunavut mayor vows to continue fight against seismic testing

Clyde River mayor Jerry Natanine, right, vice-chair of the 2014 Baffin Mayors Forum, and chair Charlie Inuarak, mayor of Pond Inlet, centre, at the Baffin...

Iqaluit council says yes to aquatic centre borrowing measure

The other co-chair is Dennis Patterson, senator for Nunavut. Both attended a council meeting March 11, at which council approved a primary loan, or debenture,...